- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421529513
- ISBN-13: 978-1421529516
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Hiroyuki Asada made his debut in Monthly Shonen Jump in 1986. He’s best known for his basketball manga I’ll. He’s a contributor to artist Range Murata’s quarterly manga anthology Robot. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee is his most recent series.
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After becoming an official Letter Bee, Lag Seeing learns that Gauche Suede has disappeared. Since Gauche was the reason that Lag sought to become a Bee, this news devastates him.
Remembering images from Gauche's heart, Lag seeks out Gauche's sister, Sylvette. Being the same age as Lag-after a rough start-the two of them form a bond with one main goal: to find out what happened to Gauche.
In the meantime, Lag leans the ropes of being a Letter Bee while helping Sylvette to pay rent by becoming her roommate. In the process, Lag learns more about Aria (the woman who Gauche was supposedly in love with) and how Gauche lost a part of his heart during the "day of the flicker," where his mother was taken from his memory.
After reading Volume 2, I was a little worried that the story would become overly cheesy, but, even though Lag is often seen as a crybaby, it has become apparent that he has a good heart. I continue to enjoy this series and hope others will give it a try.
Things to consider:
Rated for teens, I see very little that's inappropriate for that audience. Even the violent scenes are without gore. I would recommend this for boys and girls in their preteens and older.
Opportunities for discussion:
In the "Special Chapter: A Bee and His Dingo" we learn that even in death close bonds cannot be broken. Discuss what it means to develop a close bond and why such things are important.
James D. Maxon
Author of Traphis: A Wizard's Tale
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
I love this series! Immediately upon arriving in Yuusari, Lag is told that Gauche is no longer a Letter Bee. He lost his job and hasn't been heard from in 4 years. Lag finally takes his exam to become a Letter Bee himself. He visits Gauche's sister Sylvette Suede whom we've been hearing about since Vol. 1 and this new female character is a blast. She's aggressive and takes on Niche with no problems, yet will cry at the drop of a pin, just like Lag. Some humour comes from these "crybaby" sessions. Lag is sent out on some letter deliveries including one very important one that takes up the whole last chapter.
But this volume also starts to expand the storyline, taking the plot somewhere deeper than what has gone on so far. We meet the Beehive Director and Assistant Director, hear murmurings of something going on inside the organization and Lag realizes that the AD will be a friend in high places, should one be needed later on. We learn of a mysterious incident that happened one day in the past that now is a solemn holiday, the 311th day, when the man-made sun flickered and something else happened that day that the government quickly explained away and now doesn't even recognize, but it all has a connection to Gauche, Sylvette and Lag. Just as much fun as previous volumes but also becoming a much more involved plot. I like the direction this is going and can't wait til February for the release of Vol. 4!
Much of this volume is deals with this, the news, and interesting backstory. One thing to note is that the characters do cry quite a bit, but it is so emotional that it fits in with the story and helps connect the reader to the characters. Lastly we are introduced to some new plot point that should be explored in later volumes.
Ultimately, if one liked volume 1 and 2 then they should pick this up. Otherwise being the third volume, if one is interested in the series then pick it up. A brief snapshot is that it has some pretty magical fights, an interesting use of Shindan to shoot out ones heart to blast opponents, and a mystical world that is fun.